Romanus Castro Filed $600 Million Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels Over “Empire” Idea
Lee Daniels is keeping his lawyers busy this year … having been sued by numerous writers accusing him of stealing their idea for “Empire” … and now another writer has slapped the director with a $600 million dollar suit blasting him for saying he created the hit FOX show himself.
A man named Romanus Castro has filed a federal lawsuit against Fox Network, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and the production companies behind the “Empire” accusing them of stealing his work to create the hit show.
The man says that he wrote an original screenplay entitled “The Summit of Beauty of Love.” The story follows a music journalist who falls in love with a musician who is schizophrenic.
He says in 2003 he shopped the story around town to various people but never received a response.
Castro lays out how similar his story and “Empire” are in the court documents. The author explains that his characters are from Philadelphia like the Lyon family, he says his characters are identical to Cookie, Lucious and the other main characters in Empire – along with them all having a very similar story-line throughout the works. He also claims that several key moments in his book were straight up copied in the first season of the FOX show. Lastly, both works have the main son character coming out as gay.
Castro says that his book laid the groundwork for Empire without his consent or compensation. He says he’s furious that Daniels and Strong claimed they created Empire independently because they didn’t.
He has filed suit against Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, FOX and the other producers for $600 million dollars in damages for stealing his work.